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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

Find out answers to frequently asked questions by students and graduates seeking opportunities at KPMG.

Find out answers to FAQs by students and graduates seeking opportunities at KPMG.

What do you look for in a graduate?

We're interested in the person, not just an academic record. We're looking for well-rounded and diverse applicants – people who are resilient, team players, progressive thinkers and can communicate their ideas with passion. We want people who keep on learning, who want to be leaders in their profession and who want to make a difference. For more information, see What we look for.

What if I'm not an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident?

KPMG in Australia accepts international student applications for our Vacation and Graduate Program in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney who have not yet obtained their Australian permanent residency. This opportunity is not available in our Canberra office due to client requirements.

For more information surrounding eligibility requirements please visit the International students section.

What's the culture like at KPMG?

An organisation's culture can be difficult to define, however ask our people what makes KPMG different and most will tell you the same thing: it's our open and friendly culture. Of course it's also a performance-oriented culture. We recognise the hard work and achievements of our people in many different ways. We understand that talented individuals look to their careers for personal development and fulfilment, not just financial reward.

Why should I apply for a graduate role at KPMG?

At KPMG, we can help you to reach your full professional and personal potential in your chosen career path. You can expect to be recognised and rewarded for making progress towards this goal through a range of career benefits that emphasise choice and flexibility.

We'll offer you an attractive salary, career development, a friendly and supportive working environment and many other benefits. You'll be able to stretch yourself intellectually, furthering your professional education and personal development, and taking advantage of opportunities for overseas travel and work experience.

We'll help you to pursue appropriate postgraduate qualifications including financial assistance and study leave. You'll be able to advance your professional standing through a planned program of work experience and in-house learning and development opportunities.

Which program am I eligible for?

No matter what stage of your academic career, KPMG has a program to suit your needs.

Foundations Program – a 1 day development program for university students in either the first year of a 3-year degree, second year of a 4-year degree, or third year of a 5-year degree.

Vacation Program – a 4 to 8 week (depending on location) work placement for university students in their penultimate year of study.

Graduate Program – permanent graduate role for students in their final year of university or recent university graduates.

When is the opening/closing date for applications?

Refer to our How to apply page for application dates.

Our selection process starts as soon as applications are submitted and will continue until the application closing date passes. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure that we receive your completed application which enables you with the best chance of success.

How do I apply?

All applications must be received online via our online application form. View Our selection process for further information on what will happen after you submit an application. Check out the Grad Hack cheat sheet (PDF 388KB) for more information. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates.

Do you have any tips for completing my application?

It is important to provide us with as much information about yourself as you can, proof read, and be honest in your answers. You won’t need a cover letter, so focus that time into refining your CV which doesn’t need to be longer than 2 pages.

If you start an application, see it all the way through! And do so early on in our application window, so that we can receive your completed application in a timely manner.

What is your recruitment process like?

Our recruitment process is designed to promote two-way communication between you and KPMG. We want to be fully transparent about our timeframes and process so that you can understand where you are at and what the next steps are.

You find out about us. We realise that you're considering a variety of career options, so we give you several opportunities throughout our recruitment process to meet our people and discover the benefits of a career with us.

We find out about you. We make a dedicated effort to get to know you as an individual and learn what you can offer our firm.

For further information, see What we look for.

What questions will I be asked in an interview?

You will be asked about your career interests, your time at university, extra-curricular activities and any work experience. Our interview questions are behavioural-based and are related to the skills and behaviours we consider crucial for success at KPMG.

What will my salary be as a graduate?

KPMG salaries are paid at competitive market rates. When you are offered a position you'll receive full details of your remuneration package. It is important to think about not just your salary but the total rewards you will receive when joining such as salary plus benefits, incentives or bonuses, development and growth opportunities, long term earning potential and career progression.

When will I be required to start work?

Graduates generally commence with KPMG between January and February.

What are your work hours like?

Full-time KPMG employees work 7.5 hours per day, plus one hour for lunch. However we offer flexible working arrangements which allow people to make their own choices about how they work.

When will I hear from KPMG after submitting my application?

You will receive communication from us immediately upon receipt of your application, and this will outline the next steps and timeframes as to when you can expect to hear regarding further stages of the process. February to April is our peak period, and during this time it may take us a little longer due to the volume of applications. Please feel free to contact us at gradrecruiting@kpmg.com.au.

What training do you offer to your graduates?

KPMG has a structured training program that all graduates, independent of their business unit, will participate in as well as business specific training. All graduates are encouraged to participate in further KPMG learning and development programs to develop their careers. For more information, refer to Learning & Development.

Does KPMG support post graduate studies?

Yes. We strongly encourage our people to undertake relevant professional post-graduate study. We provide a range of support including study leave, exam leave, financial assistance and in-house training. For further information, visit CA ProgramPostgraduate studies, and other qualifications.

Do I need an accounting background to apply?

No, we consider any background. For further information about what teams you can apply for and what they look for in candidates, visit Your career choices.

Do I need to have work experience to apply?

No, however, we would expect that you would highlight prior work experience on your CV, including casual or part-time positions held.

I have already graduated – can I still apply?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply for our Graduate Program. We recruit graduates with some work experience as well as people who are taking gap years or pursuing postgraduate courses. If you have substantial work experience, please visit the Experienced professionals section.

Can I apply to more than one business unit?

You can only submit one application for our Graduate or Vacation program, however you will be able to submit up to four preferences for the service lines in which you would like to work.

Can I apply to more than one location?

No, you can only submit one application for our Graduate or Vacation program. Although you can only submit one application for each program, you will be able to submit a first and second preference for the state/location in which you would like to work.

Can I become a Chartered Accountant without an accounting degree?

KPMG supports non-accounting students through relevant study to meet the required prerequisites for the CA Program.